25 February 2011

ScotlandsPeople extension of validity period and increase in cost of credits

The following is an extract from a press release from ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk

We are pleased to announce that from 1 April 2011, any credits purchased will be valid for one year rather than 90 days. Remember that you do not lose any un-used credits when the period of validity has expired; when you buy more credits they will simply be added to your existing credits.

Since we launched ScotlandsPeople back in 2002 we have kept the cost of 30 credits to £6. We also launched the provision of Extracts for modern statutory records back in 2008 and the cost of an Extract purchased on line has remained at £10.

From 1 April 2011 the cost of 30 credits will rise to £7 and the cost of an Extract will rise to £12. These changes have been necessary to help fund the flexibility and availability of our services as well as fund the cost of providing an Extract and were approved by the Scottish Parliament through the Registration Services (Fees) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2010.

Please note that it will still cost 1 credit to view up to 25 indexes and 5 credits to view an image of the statutory or census records. It will also cost 5 credits to view the page for the forthcoming 1911 census when it is released on 5 April 2011.

We believe that the ScotlandsPeople website is unrivalled for the range of records available to help people trace their Scottish ancestry. However, in order to maintain our quality service it has been necessary to increase our costs.
Thanks to Hugh Reekie for passing along this information

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